The coming seven days which culminate in the Europa League final in Azerbaijan are all that are occupying the thoughts of Maurizio Sarri at the moment, he explained this afternoon.
During a media conference which is part of the build-up to the all-London encounter in Baku, Sarri was responding to questions about his own future, particularly in light of newspaper stories linking him to jobs back in his native Italy.
‘My future is on Wednesday,’ Sarri made clear.
‘I need to think only to the final in this moment. I have two years of contract here. I have had no contact with other clubs at the moment. I have to speak to my club after the final. I want to know if they are happy with me or not.
‘I like very much the Premier League,’ he continued. ‘It’s the best championship in the world. It’s very exciting to be here. Now it’s time to think only about the final. Chelsea is one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League. We have to discuss the situation but that’s normal at every club.
‘You cannot have 10 months of work and then I have to play everything in 90 minutes,’ our boss argued when it was suggested to him that he might have to win against Arsenal to remain in his current position.
‘It’s not right. If the situation is like this I want to go immediately. Either you’re happy with my work or you’re not happy.’
On the subject of the future, Christian Pulisic will be an addition to the Chelsea squad next season. The 20-year-old American was at the club yesterday but Sarri revealed he has had conversations with the player prior to that.
‘I spoke with him two or three months ago. Pulisic knows very well our team, our way of playing, the team-mates. He is ready to join the group.
‘I didn’t know the deal was done when he signed but before that I told my opinion to the club. My opinion was really very positive about Christian. He is a very young player, of course, but he is very strong. I am very happy. He has the possibility to improve more. He can become a very important player for us.’